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Free transport initiative of a Ludhiana school helps 43 girls to attend school

punjab Updated: Nov 28, 2016 18:53 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Lakkar Bazaar

Students before they get ready to board auto-rickshaws at Government High School, Lakkar Bazaar, in Ludhiana.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

In a novel initiative, the school authorities of Government High School, Lakkar Bazaar, are providing free transport facility to 43 girl students. To provide this, every teacher, school headmaster and the parent teacher association (PTA) member is contributing money every month to pay the transport fee to three auto-rickshaw drivers.

Out of 43 girls, 12 are from Tajpur Road, 12 are from Salem Tabri and 19 are from Kutbewal Village. The three auto-rickshaw drivers pick and drop the girl students everyday to school and then to their home.

School headmaster, Kirpal Singh and teachers of the school are the brains behind this initiative who want that every girl must get education and become independent in life.

A visit to the school revealed that the school headmaster, Kirpal Singh, keeps motivating the students to bring more students for admission to the school. Whenever any student brings any student for admission, that student gets a memento, two registers and a pen. The idea is to motivate every girl to come to school to get education and we provide free uniform to the students, Singh said, “We get Rs 400 per child from the government of India to provide uniform to the students but then we want to provide good quality uniform to them. So few teachers and I contributed money and we have sets of uniform, whenever any new girl gets admission we hand them uniform.”

There are a total of 103 students in the school, all girls, and from last year the school authorities have doubled the strength of the school. Last year there were 53 students in five classes (6 to 10). Earlier there were eight students in Class 6, twelve in Class 7, nine in Class 8, 16 in Class 9 and eight in Class 10. Now the authorities have increased the students in every class.

In Class 6, there are 28 students, Class 7 has 22, Class 8 has 20, Class 9 has 12 and Class 10 has 21 students.

“Two of our students have recently shifted to Giaspura and we are paying them `500 per month the auto-rickshaw fee so that they can continue their studies in our school,” said Singh. The school is also motivating the girls on guidance counselling and on every Tuesday one of the teacher gives lecture to the students during the morning assembly. On Thursday, the students are directed to do exercise for 10 minutes and are informed about the benefits of doing physical exercise.

A Class 9 student, on condition of anonymity, said, “I belong to a very poor family as both my parents are working as labourers in factories, so they can’t afford an auto-rickshaw to send me to school. As the school authorities are providing this free transport facility, so I am able to come to school, otherwise like other girls I will also be sitting at home doing household work.”